Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017, 2018)
Thorir Thorbjarnarson (pronounced Thor-EAR thorb-YAR-nar-son) watched and learned last season. Playing behind senior wings Anton Gill and Evan Taylor, Thorbjarnarson's time on the court was limited, but he honed his craft on the scout team against a veteran unit. At 6-foot-6, 206 pounds, Thorbjarnarson has added 15 pounds since arriving on campus, giving him additional strength to match up on the wing. He possesses a high basketball IQ and spent a good portion of the summer playing for his native Iceland in the U-20 European Championships. Thorbjarnarson's opportunities will come as he continues to improve on his long-range shooting and transitioning to the college game.
Thorbjarnarson played for Iceland's U-20 National Team this July. At the FIBA U-20 European Championships, he averaged 9.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game, ranking second on the team in scoring and first in assists. He closed tournament action with three straight double figure efforts and averaged 18.5 points on 67 percent shooting, including 55 percent from 3-point range, in Iceland’s final two contests.
Thorbjarnarson was one of three true freshmen to earn playing time, as while working on the scout team against All-Big Ten guard James Palmer Jr. and seniors Anton Gill and Evan Taylor. Thorbjarnarson played in nine games, totaling eight points, four rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes of work. His best performance of the year came in the win over Delaware State on Dec. 22, when he had six points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and an assist in a season-high four minutes of work. He also had a basket, rebound, assist and steal in just two minutes against Marist on Nov. 24. He appeared in three Big Ten games, as well as the Big Ten Tournament opener against No. 13 Michigan at Madison Square Garden. He tallied two rebounds and an assist in the win over No. 23 Michigan on Jan. 18.
Thorbjarnarson was one of the top youth players in Iceland, playing in the country's top league as well as in the national team program. Thorbjarnarson made his national team debut in 2017, representing his nation in the Small States of Europe event, helping Iceland to a third-place finish. He also played for the U-20 national team at the FIBA European Championships in Greece, averaging 7.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game. At the 2016 FIBA U-18 European Championships, Thorbjarnarson was the third-leading scorer in the tournament, averaging 19.6 points per game, including a 39-point effort and three other 30-point games. He also chipped in 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 4.9 steals per game. In 2016, he was selected as MVP of the Nordic Championships with the U-18 team, including a 33-point performance in the finals to lead Iceland to victory. Thorbjarnarson played for KR Reykjavik in the Icelandic League for the past three years, helping the team to three straight titles and a pair of Icelandic Cups in 2016 and 2017. In his final season, he averaged 10.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game for a team that went 26-8 and won the league championship in the top pro league in the country. Throbjarnarson shot 53 percent from the field, including 38 percent from 3-point range and was selected as the top young player in the league. He also considered UMass, UConn, Utah, Drexel and UAB before signing with Nebraska.
The son of Thorbjorn Jonsson and Hildur Fridleifsdottir, Thorir was born on May 26, 1998, in Akureyri, Iceland. Thorir graduated from Menntaskólinn i Reykjavik in May of 2017. He has three older brothers, Leifur, Jon Askell and Kristofer. Thorir is majoring in psychology.